You want to become a top player, but it’s not easy jumping into a new game on a limited budget in Flesh and Blood. I went through exactly the same thing. In this article, I’ll go through my own journey of getting to a competitive level without breaking the bank, while showing you how you can do so right now.
Some people see it as a disadvantage to be missing important cards – I always saw a budget in Flesh and Blood as a challenge. By carefully upgrading your deck and performing well in tournaments, you can eventually complete your collection and have access to more heroes. This is thanks to the local organized play, and the beauty of attending those events are the rewards for good performance.
When I started thinking about competitive play at the end of 2019, I bought six packs of Welcome to Rathe. My friend and I wanted to play some Sealed games and fortunately I opened a Tectonic Plating. Score!
At that point, I knew I had to lock into Bravo. From the start of my Flesh and Blood journey, I started a ledger. $30 NZD for six packs and I got my legendary! After very brief consideration, I went online and bought all the majestics I needed – three Spinal Crushes for $60 NZD, three Crippling Crushes for $60 NZD and three Enlightened Strikes for $120 NZD. Although some might disagree, I enjoyed those in my Bravo. So all in all, the other missing cards set me back $240 NZD. Please note, this was strictly a Welcome to Rathe metagame.
- Boosters – $30
- Singles – $270
- 30 + 270 = $300NZD
If I was to start now, I would definitely get a box or more of the set that I’m most interested in. Do you have a hero you want to play? Buy the box of that set! Ideally, if you’re getting started, it’s very easy to split any set with a friend. Monarch? Split Shadow and Light cards amongst yourselves. Arcane Rising? Just split the Dash or Kano cards, or whoever you like the look of and gather the needed pieces. I strongly encourage anyone buying their first product to use it for some Sealed games. Not only is Sealed a competitive format, but you learn the cards and how to play with them right after opening them.
Okay, so you split a box with a friend, it set you back $50 each. Now, you have some practice, and you potentially cracked some staple majestics and maybe even a legendary. Now it’s time to pick a hero, but what heroes are budget friendly? Some of my favorites are Dash, Bravo, Rhinar, Viserai, Chane and Levia. Most of these can be competitive without the legendary, but the L’s for these classes are very accessible.
My first events with my freshly made Bravo deck included a couple of Armories and then the Road to Calling events began. My friends and I were practicing relentlessly. We attended everything we could, including a tournament seven hours away. Ultimately, I did well enough to Top 8 all four events I went to, netting me a bunch of boosters.
On top of that, each highest placed hero received a Cold Foil hero and a playmat. I managed to top three times as Bravo, netting me three of each. As a frugal player, I knew it was time to cash in. I immediately sold each Cold Foil Bravo and the three Bravo playmats for $50 each (yes, three Cold Foil Bravos for $150 NZD) leaving me with $300 in total.
- Previous – $300
- Tickets – $50
- Gains – $300
- 300 + 50 – 300 = $50 NZD
Whether it’s physically or virtually, there are a ton of Armories and Skirmishes happening all over the world. The best thing about them? The prizes. By consistently participating in events, especially while doing well, you can win a bunch of valuable cards. This is a great way to fund the upgrading of your collection. The more you participate and win, the easier it becomes to be able to afford the cards you need to become more competitive.
It can be hard to win without all your key cards. Luckily, many of the Monarch Skirmishes are Limited. Whether it’s Sealed or Draft, Limited format evens out the playing field, by allowing players to only use the cards they open. Some of the most fun and challenging games happen in limited, but the beauty is, you can rely on your skill to win games and cash in on those prizes.
After my Road to Nationals events, New Zealand and the rest of the world went into lockdown. Luckily, a local game store (shout out to Matt Rogers) kept events happening online, right when Arcane Rising came out.
At this point, I was more confident in my ability to play competitively, so I bought two boxes of Arcane Rising for $240 NZD. In these, I opened an Arcanite Skullcap. After looking at the spoilers, I knew I wanted to change to Rhinar. I don’t know why, but the release of Arcane Rising really made me appreciate the green beast. I had the Arcanite Skullcap and three Enlightened Strikes I could use for starters.
Now, it was time for the Fyendal’s Spring Tunic. I played a tournament every week until I won a full case of Arcane Rising, six RF Heroes and a Dash playmat. After selling the promos for $350 NZD, I could excuse a purchase of a Tunic for $200 NZD and complete my Rhinar deck. Not only that, I have most staples to trade for any competitive deck I want to build.
- Previous – 50
- Tickets – 50
- Boxes – 240
- Tunic – 200
- Gains – 350
- 50+ 50 +240 + 200 – 350 = $190 NZD
The great thing about Flesh and Blood is that the cards retain value. I was lucky enough to get my cards in First Edition copies, but even if they were Unlimited, I could still cash out and get more money than I initially invested over a year and a half ago.
There are a multitude of opportunities out there to get on the competitive scene and to do so on a budget in Flesh and Blood. I would strongly recommend for anyone interested to look out for Limited format events, especially Skirmishes with great prizes. Remember – as soon as your mindset shifts from having a lack of cards as a hindrance to seeing it as a challenge, you’ll cultivate that competitive drive and enjoy the process. Keep winning those prizes and cashing in. As you succeed, you can upgrade your card pool and expand your deck building range without breaking the bank, until you have all your dream competitive decks.